Long-Term Care

National long-term care insurance premiums in flux under CLASS Act

Contemporary Long-Term Care Weekly, July 9, 2009

Proposed by Massachusetts Sen. Edward Kennedy and endorsed by President Obama, the Community Living Assistance Services and Supports (CLASS) Act has opened the door to discussions on national long-term care insurance with potential costs anchoring the debate surrounding the bill. Coverage would be available to all Americans under the plan, with automatic enrollment at age 18 or when an individual begins working, according to Kaiser Health News. 

Kennedy expects a $65 monthly premium. This figure is based, however, on the assumption that the majority of young people would retain coverage. Although enrollment is automatic, an opt-out clause allows for deferment. If a large amount of the population chooses to defer enrollment, premium costs could rise to as high as $110, based on a late June estimate by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO).

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